Want to follow my reviews?  Follow the Facebook page.
BROWSE BOOK REVIEWS:

"THE SINISTER URGE" BY FRANCES NEWTON

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Monday, June 17, 2019 Under: Book Reviews



Review published at author's request.
I’ll be honest, I was curious to read this book, in part because of some of the harshly critical reviews it has received. And, in truth, it is perhaps not as bad as some of them suggest, if you can get past its biggest flaw, which, for me, was the flippant, tongue-in-cheek way in which the author depicts the somewhat repugnant subject of consensual incest. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t find the subject matter particularly disturbing in any way, more so the fantastical nature of this book – the main brother and sister characters lead a B-grade rock star lifestyle, whilst carrying on their tawdry relationship, indiscreetly, beneath the gaze of everyone who knows them, and for the most part this is accepted. I’m not sure if the book was intended to be erotic - though it contains a fair amount of adult sexual material – instead, I just found it a bit unsavoury, and too flippant and jokey to be emotive or provocative in any way. Newton does have a tendency, at times, to emphasize the more vulgar aspects of the day-to-day, rather than gloss over life with a Mills and Boon sheen, so erotica and romance is – thankfully - not a consideration for genre, for this somewhat ambiguous book. At one point, midway, it does become genuinely quite gripping, and I found myself eager to find out what would happen next, but ultimately, the opportunity for serious drama and implication in this book are overlooked, for a more fanciful narrative. An example of this is the insatiable sexuality of the main characters, despite supposedly having been together for many years as a couple – this is a characteristic when applied to more taboo or minority relationships in fiction.

One area in which I felt “The Sinister Urge” fell short was with the confusing flashback scenes, and the lack of any linear chronology to this; it does jump about a touch, as random events from the past are intercut to give context to present events, in the first-person narrative of either main character. This also presents a few moments of the characters’ childhood, which did scratch a little beneath my comfort layer, but fortunately Newton didn’t subject us to too much detail, in their respect.

Generally, I think the writing is lacking the kind of sophistication such a book as this may have required, and would also suggest that the apparent absence of a professional proofread has probably harmed its reviews considerably. I was sent the print-ready, typeset proof, and whilst professionally written and presented, I did find the language used to be a touch deficient: the sentences were short and punchy, when the prose could have been remarkably improved and matured by more fluid language and a far better use of punctuation. Indeed, I found the whole book to be littered with grammatical errors and mistakes throughout. On a positive note, Newton’s writing style has a nice, relaxed pace to it, and I found “The Sinister Urge” very easy to read, in just a couple of sittings. With a touch of polish, I think this book could be improved dramatically, and perhaps resemble something closer to which the author intended.

In : Book Reviews 


Tags: frances-newton  sexual  incest  erotic  drama 
World Football Domination
****
Sci-Fi

Sour Blood
***
Crime Thriller

Beware of the Thought Bubbles
*****
Children's

Beyond The Prison Of Beliefs
****
Science/Religion

Rocky Mountain Noir
***
Comedy

Rocky Mountain Noir
***
Science Fiction

Foster Care To Millionaire
****
Memoir

Flow Like A River
*****
Thriller

Secrets To Being Amazing
****
Self-Help

13 Dark Tales: Collection Two
****
Short Stories

The Wooden Man
*****
Children's

Count It All Joy
*****
Drama

Myth Agent
****
Fantasy

Voice of the Sword
***
Fantasy

No Quarter: Dominium
***
Adventure

A Trinity of Wicked Tales
****
Horror


****
Short Stories

The Day I Made Good
****
Crime Drama

Complete Poetry of Norman AJ Berisford
*****
Poetry

Chuck the Rooster Loses His Voice
*****
Children's

Living Blind Without the Internet
****
Documentary

Devil in the Countryside
****
Historical Thriller

Monoland: Into the Gray Horizon
****
Fantasy

Corrosive
****
Horror

Woodiss is Willing
***
Comedy

The Fear
***
Horror

Superi: Reborn
*****
Fantasy

Murder in the Medical Center
***
Drama

The Eye of Nefertiti
****
Children's

Not Exactly Shakespeare
****
Comedy

Finding the Narrow Path
****
Biography

The Wyndham Werewolf
****
Short Stories

Only Human
***
Supernatural

What is Justice
**
Documentary

The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan
****
Historical Fantasy

I Once Was Lost But Now I'm Found
*****
Documentary

Never Too Late To Die
***½
Thriller

Understanding the Patterns of Your Life
***
Non-Fiction

Happiness is Just a Pill Away
*****
Comedy-Drama

The Lucky Winner
***
Crime Thriller

Endohuman
***
Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Tummy Rumble Quake
****
Children's

Monoland: The Shimmering Mist
****
Fantasy

Goodbye Butterfiles
*****
Psychology

Treading the Uneven Road
****
Short Stories

The Cuckoo Colloquium
****
Comedy

When I Turned Nineteen
*****
War Memoir

Fortuna and the Scapegrace
****
Comedy

Gnosis
***
Young Adult

Buy or Die
***
Satire

Faithful Servants
****
Drama

Ghost Dog
***
Crime Adventure

Looper
****
Drama

The Sinister Urge
**
Drama

Read to Succeed
*****
Self Improvement

Gone to the Dogs
*****
Comedy-Drama

Die Back
****
Fantasy

Finding My Platoon Brothers
*****
War Memoir

Delivering Virtue
****
Comedy

The Room Above
***
Fantasy

Written By Blood: Conviction
****
Action

The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder
****
Poetry

I Have Demons
****
Short Stories

Victoria's Voice
****
Real Life

The Revolutionary Youth
*****
Drama

The Dog Thief
*****
Short Stories

Appointment With Fear
*****
Children's

Mermaids Are Real
***
Fantasy

Legends of Persia
***
Historical Fiction

My Groans Pour Out Like Water
*****
Poetry

47 Hours
*****
Political Thriller

The Road to Alexander
***
Historical Fiction

Father Divine's Bikes
****
Drama

Winning With Data
*****
Business

Aquila
****
Historical Fiction

Lions, Leopards and Storms, oh my!
***
Children's

Sparrowhawk on the Horizon
***
Historical Fiction

The Warehouse Tour
***
Short Stories

Feast of Sapphires
****
Poetry

The Night Alphabet
*****
Short Stories

Just Another Girl's Story
***
Autobiography

No-one Listens
***
Poetry

The Roving Mind
*****
Science

Malthus Revisited
***
Suspense/Thriller

My Weight Loss Journey
****
Self-Help

Change of Chaos
****
YA / Fantasy

Fish Farm
****
Thriller

Songs to New York
****
Short Stories

I Claudia
*****
Historical Fiction

God: Challenges From Philosphy and Science
****
Philosophy

The Friar's Lantern
*****
Role Play

Crazy About Kurt
****
Comedy

Dark Cure
****
Action

Translucent Boy
***
Sci-Fi Fantasy

Dart by Dale Renton
****
Sci-fi Fantasy

Monoland: Beyond the Monochrome
*****
Fantasy

Choose a Reality by Emmanuel Morfoboss
***
Self-Help

Tags

1990s a-a-lotfy a-scholte abortion abuse action addiction afterlife age ajay-shankar alcoholism alejandro-de-gutierre alexander-the-great alphabet american-comedy american-graffiti american-history ancient ancient-history animal-abuse animal-rescue animal-welfare anthology anthony-michaelides anthony-ranieri anthony-simola anti-hero anxiety arabian artificial-intelligence atlantis australia autobiography bereavement biography bittersweet bizarre blind bo-wu boats books borneo brian-kindall british business cameron-k-moore catholic cats chad-lee-erway challenge childhood childhood-trauma childrens-books christ christian christianity christina-williams christopher-adam clinchandhill clint-thurmon cody-mclain coffee-break cognitive collection colonialism comedy coming corporate-crime cory-barclay coup creatures crime criminal-justice crm cruelty cynical dale-renton dark data data-analytics david-donachie david-grad david-lee-fish demons denise-wijayaratne detective diary dictatorship diet disability dog-rescue dogs drama drugs dwayne-gill dystopian ea-minin earthquake ecological educational egyptian elizabeth-hamilton-smyth emergency emmanuel-morfoboss emmanuella-hristova emotional empire environmental erotic espionage fable fairy-tale faith fallacious-rose family fantasy felicia-watson fiction fiona-green flash-fiction football foster-care frances-bloom frances-newton friendship frontier funny futuristic gangster george-dalrymple george-koloukis glyn-haynie gm-o'connor god gods golf gory greg-hickey health health-and-fitness heartbreaking heather-beal henry-woodiss high-school historical historical-fiction history holistic horror illustrated immigrants incest international internet ira irish j-kariuki jacinta-jade james-w-truax japanese jennifer-macaire jesus jill-kearney john-paul-catton john-simpson journal jungle justice ka-cummins kurt-cobain kyla-ross l-a-macfadden lady-byrd laura-eckert laura-hergane laura-koerber legendary leigh-holland life lin-wilder lindsay-mccall lindsey-mccall lorna-brown loss lynne-renoir marc-curtis-little maria-luisa-lang marine-life mark-guillerman martin-freznell mathematics matt-nagin medical medical-drama medieval melodrama memoir mermaids michael-a.-greco michael-conlon michael-irwin michael-r-martin military mind mitchell-allen mjl-evans monoland monologue motivational myrtle-brooks mystery mythical mythology native-american natural-disaster navy new-jersey new-york nick-dream nirvana non-fiction norman-aj-berisford northern-ireland novella nutrition observations of oppression otherworld outback pablo-palazuelo perception persia personal-development peter-learm pharaoh philosophy pirates platoon poetry political political-thriller pop-culture prison pro-life psychology pulp pulp-fiction purgatory puzzle quantum-physics race racial rae-louise rainforest reading real-life reality redemption reference regime relationship religion religious remorse revolutionary richard-bunning richard-hacker rick-hall robert-kingett role-play roman romania ross-libby rural sailing sailors satire sci-fi science scientist seafaring self-confidence self-esteem self-help series sexual sexual-harassment short-stories sigal-haber sitcom slavery slice-of-life society sociopath soldier special-forces spiritual sports spy-thriller stage-fright stan-skrabut steve-bassett study superhero supernatural superstition surreal suspense swashbuckling teamwork technology teen teenager the-troubles theodor theological thriller tim time-travel tom-hoffman tomi-farrell torture tough-guy tragedy trilogy true-story tv-shows undersea vampire venezuela ventskevitch veteran vietnam vietnam-war vigilante vince-rockston violent walt-sautter war war-memoir weight-loss well-being werewolf western white wildlife will-link yorkshire young-adult
Author Matt McAvoy
Website designed and created by MJV SERVICES, UNITED KINGDOM 2016 - all rights reserved.
*The author has established copyright for all work featured on this website.